Don’t miss the recent Redfin article I was featured in: “Embrace Color in Your Space! Glass Art Ideas to Elevate Your Home”
Published on July 15, 2021 by Alison Bentley
As you design your home’s interior, you’re likely looking for art pieces that speak to you and will make your home one of a kind. Maybe you’ve considered pottery or a custom painting, but there’s nothing quite like glass art. Anything from a collection of glass bowls as a centerpiece or an etched glass window will elevate your home whether you’re living in Palm Beach, FL, or Toronto, CA.
To help you get started, I, along with other glass artists shared our best advice for bringing and unique glass art pieces into your home. Check out what we had to say so you can start designing your home with glass art today!
Embrace Color in Your Space! Glass Art Ideas to Elevate Your Home
As you design your home’s interior, you’re likely looking for art pieces that speak to you and will make your home one of a kind. Maybe you’ve considered pottery or a custom painting, but there’s nothing quite like glass art. Whether that’s a collection of glass bowls displayed as a centerpiece or an etched glass window, there are countless glass art ideas to incorporate into your home.
If you’re looking for expert advice on bringing these colorful and unique art pieces into your home, look no further. We’ve reached out to glass artists from Palm Beach, FL to Toronto, CA for their expertise on how you can elevate your home’s style with glass art.
Incorporate organic elements of glass art. What is more innovative and breathtaking than the emanating natural qualities of stalactites, you ask? Organic elements of molten glass, carefully manipulated dynamic textures that combine spectrums of iridized opalescence hues. David Gappa’s glass chandeliers instantly convey creativity to the forefront of any home. – Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Fine Art Gallery
The right lighting will make your glass artwork stand out. Choreograph the light for glass artwork. During the day, glass sings in natural light. In the evening, it provides a playground for artificial light to dance. – Steven Ciezki, Ciezki Design LLC
Glass art lasts a lifetime. Adding a piece of decorative art glass to your home is an instant way to provide a burst of color, an inspirational conversation piece, and something that will bring joy to you and your family for a lifetime. My glassworks are small and great for adding color and conversation to a mantle, empty corner/coffee table, curio, window sill or bookshelf. If properly cared for, glass will be around for generations of enjoyment: Glass is the gift of 1,000 years. – Chris Sherwin, owner of Sherwin Art Glass
You can easily incorporate art glass into a home to create a pop of color and/or aesthetic visual interest. Simple forms do best against a clean background. Intricate and larger art pieces can become a focal point and provide off-the-wall artistic interest. Lighting is key for glass; look for places in your home where good backlighting exists (near a window, in front of a well-lit wall) so the glass will glow from behind. – David Patchen, David Patchen Handblown Glass
Glass is the ultimate material for transferring light through color. Use warm-colored glass for kitchen and dining areas, especially since the ubiquitous LED light bulbs tend to cast a blue-hued light. People and food look much better with an inviting glow — nobody appreciates looking like a zombie at the table. If we incorporate blue or green glass around a kitchen/dining space, we add warm tones to balance the light and metallic details for pop and sparkle. – Julie Conway, owner of ILLUMINATA ART GLASS DESIGN LLC
Embrace glass art as a centerpiece. Functional hand-blown objects look amazing when grouped together to create tabletop centerpieces. Your favorite serving pieces can do double duty as decor items by picking one common attribute between the items, such as complimenting colors, similar functions, similar styles by era, or similar techniques. I switch my dining table centerpieces frequently to freshen up my space, and to enjoy collections day to day rather than only on special occasions. My current favorite show pieces are a set of 3 nesting Aerie Bowls from my Esque Studio collection. I placed a small potted plant in the top bowl which changed the bowls function from serving bowls to unique creative planters. – Andi Kovel of Esque Studio
Let the colors shine with the right light. The secret to incorporating glass art into your home is lighting. For glass to appear truly stunning light needs to pass through it. Whether using natural light from windows or spot lights, the right lighting will throw a kaleidoscope of color throughout your space. – Edd Johannemann, Glass Chisel
Make sure you have the correct lighting to highlight glass art. Glass sculpture lights up your home unlike any other fine art medium. Installing the correct lighting though, is very important to ensure it will do just that. There are many different processes used to make glass art, and each one needs a different type of lighting setup to show the piece well. – Jay Scott, President of Habatat Galleries
Glass art extends to your dining room. Make your table pop when entertaining guests with these salad serving spoons adorned with brightly colored handcrafted glass beads. These unique pieces bring bold colors and the luscious texture of glass that will get your guests talking. Use these statement pieces to complement your dinnerware and brighten up your entire kitchen. – Holly Kenny, owner of Elsie Kaye Glassworks Art Studio & Boutique
Glass art changes your space throughout the day. The natural opulence and sheen of glass can bring in a modern and crisp feel to any environment. Glass art is dynamic and changes throughout the day as the natural light in the space changes. It is also a great way to introduce pops of color into a space. – Karo Martirosyan, Karo Studios
Embrace glass art in your outdoor space. One of my favorite ways to incorporate glass art in the home is displaying a unique sculptural piece in the garden. Pick something in colors you love and place it in a shade garden for an instant focal point. Or use a grouping of organic shapes along a pathway for instant curb appeal. Whether you choose a modern or whimsical style, a glass art garden piece should put a smile on your face each time you see it. – Glass Art by Margot
Glass is one of the most impressive finishes of the house if used to decorate the space. As an artist, I specialize in the design, development, and fabrication of decorative overhead glass systems such as domes and lay lights: beautiful ceilings that bring soft natural light into space and serve as a stunning focal point. Many homeowners are afraid to add colour to decorative glass projects as they don’t want to create a church-style feeling of their private secular space. In this case, using different combinations of clear textured glasses will create complex effects in glass and deliver soft light.
Highly textured glass with rough texture used in combination with almost transparent glass with a gentle texture work similar to coloured glass: different textures of glass pick background elements and transmit light in different ways creating an illusion of coloured glass. Using beveled glass and crystal jewels as visual accents – the elements that have the ability to refract light, add an extra layer of effects to the glass ceiling. A crystal or glass chandelier installed under the glass ceiling creates a deeper and continuous space filled with the light of different qualities. – Victoria Balva, Glass Artist at Crown Dome
Originally published by Redfin
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I was raised in Calumet City, IL. My professional glassblowing career led me to Phoenix, AZ and the coast of Carlsbad, CA. where I was given the opportunity to teach glassblowing classes. Notes and chalk drawings of different techniques for the students resulted in my current book project.